ESPRIT SolidMill Production adds 5-axis machining capability to ESPRIT’s milling cycles. Programmers can use multiple fixture offset with local or global work coordinates to machine any part face, using any ESPRIT machining cycle. ESPRIT’s 5-axis indexing supports any combination of rotary tables and tilting heads to orient the part, then machines with 2 1/2 and 3-axis operations using one or more ESPRIT cycles.
High-speed machining with ESPRIT’s patented ProfitMilling® cycles for 2.5-, 3-, 4-, and 5-axis roughing significantly reduces cycle times and dramatically increases tool life. The ProfitMilling strategy combines optimized, high-speed toolpath patterns, chip thinning with light radial engagements and full depths of cut, and dynamically optimized feed rates to maintain consistent chip loads and minimized cutting forces throughout the cut. This results in increased productivity and reduced operating costs. When compared to conventional machining, ProfitMilling delivers:
ESPRIT rotary milling is performed directly from the 3D features of solid models or from flat 2D features. ESPRIT readily programs rotary contouring,pocketing and drilling utilizing a simultaneous 4th axis. ESPRIT converts one of the standard 3-axis movements (X, Y, or Z) into a rotary C-axis movement, wrapping the profile around a rotary axis and employing an optional Y-axis offset to ensure straight walls.
CNC programmers find ESPRIT’s contour machining cycle a flexible and powerful tool for a variety of machining applications, ideal for profile cutting, roughing, slotting, semi- finishing and finishing straight or tapered walls with constant or variable cutting depths. Simply set your machining parameters and ESPRIT will read the feature properties required to create the toolpath for cutting any geometry. For more comprehensive tool control, ESPRIT will manage individual tool movements while providing you control over individual machining parameters at any point during the cut.
ESPRIT’s pocketing cycle provides full tool control and extensive automation for roughing and finishing pockets. ESPRIT can dramatically simplify your programming whether you are machining straight-forward squares or complex pockets with irregular boundaries, multi-level islands, and multiple bosses and sub-pockets. The broad variety of pocket machining and finishing patterns provided by ESPRIT yields virtually unlimited options for your pocket milling needs.
ESPRIT’s intelligent rest machining cutting cycle automatically recognizes the machining operations and cutting tools associated with a given part feature, compares the workpiece ‘as machined’ to the original part ‘as designed’, and automatically performs pocketing and contouring of the uncut areas of remaining material. ESPRIT programmers use the rest machining cycle to easily perform roughing and pre-finishing work with optimal cutting tool choices.
For drilling and hole making, choose between ESPRIT’s machining cycles and your machine tool’s canned cycles,or use a combination of both. Cut complex holes that require multiple cycles and tools in a single step with ESPRIT. Using the Process manager, in one step you can spot drill with chamfer, through drill, counter bore, and ream a set of holes. ESPRIT’s thread milling machining cycle gives you the ability to machine internal or external right- or left-hand threads, and ESPRIT’s spiraling cycle is ideal for milling holes. ESPRIT automatically generates optimized toolpaths, minimizing cycle time.
ESPRIT’s custom machining cycles give you complete control over individual cutting tool movements. With ESPRIT’s insert technology function you can adjust machining parameters within a machining cycle at any point during the cut, and the custom cycle gives you the option of inserting commands, in-line G-code,and special cutting tool movements at any point in the CNC program. ESPRIT gives you the power to pause the cutting process and retract the cutting tool for part or tool inspection with the park function and graphically edit the toolpath with the toolpath editor.